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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Sandlandians Versus Infinites

Nathan and Abby built a city that very quickly got eaten up by the waves.  They rushed to save their "citizens" and then built another city.  Foolishly by the sea again.  Or wait, maybe they enjoyed this fight?  They tried to built the strongest stronghold with 3 walls around it.  Here is the last wall .

It's all over.  Don't you love how people with cameras just stand by and take pictures???  See shadow.

Second wall is taken down by the waves.  It's a downhill battle.  Smart rulers would evacuate.  Save yourselves!!!

Fortify the wall!  Quick Abby, get more sand.

Second wall is a goner.

First water coming into the city.

Even Isabelle got into the action.  Dave had told Hannah that there were fishies in the water and it freaked her out.  She was screaming at her dad to get away from the water.  It was really cute.  And loud.

The Kind and the Queen.  Thankfully they and their children were saved.  Everyone else drowned.  Tragic.

Family Days.

We stayed in Ocean Shores, WA for a few days and had a great time.  It was truly just what the doctor ordered.  We loved it!  Sand, sun, water, doesn't get much better than that.  And we got to see deer with babies and baby seagulls!  How awesome is that?

Bummer, the "citizens" are drowning.  After much hard work, water always wins.

Almost.  That was a close one.

Building a great city for the sandlandians.

Hannah super excited.

The man and I love the beach.

We had a huge loot.  This is some of it.  Dad found the best ones.

The cutie patootie.

Charming daddy into buying her that snake.  He did.  :-)

Isabelle showing Hanny how to work with sand.  She's such a great big sister.

Hanny loved that hole and lying down in it.  However, she had to close her eyes.  

The boy enjoyed this down time.

I love these people!  Plus the man behind the camera.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Friends At The Baseball Fields...

One of my favorite things about baseball is the community we have.  There are so many kids that are growing up together at the baseball fields and so many intertwined relationships.  Throw in some sun and a gorgeous park and summer is awesome.  
What is really striking me this year is how all of Nathan's friends are reacting to his sisters.  It seems this is the first year that not only Nathan's relationships with his friends are really independent, but also those of his sisters.  Here is our very dear friend Aidan giving little Hanny a hug.  I love how the big boys bent down to meet these tiny girls and gently hold them and soak up the hugs.  I also love our shy Hanny's expression of security and feeling loved. 
 And yes, she picked her own outift...

Photocredit: Tanya A.  Thank you!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

First Ever Over the Fence Homerun!!!

Last week Nathan made family history.  He became the first W. ever to hit a homerun over the fence in a game.  It has been a long time coming as he has been hitting the ball over the fence in practice quite a bit.  Just never in a game.  It was awesome, especially since it was during an all-stars game.
Dave's proudest moment was when Nathan came to him afterwards and asked if he had rounded the bases quickly enough to not seem full of himself and also if it was ok to do a fist pump right before hitting home plate.  :-)  Humble is what we preach.
Great accomplishment.  Just look at his face, says it all.

Photocredit: Chrystal & Rich S.  Thanks guys!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Abby at Her Rehearsal

I took some pictures of Abby prior and during her final rehearsal.  Her ballet piece was, as always, amazing.  I love the school she goes to  This year's performance was titled "The Nativity" and it was beautiful!  
Abby practiced hard and it showed. She picks things up so fast.  It was really neat to watch her go through her practices and improve and embracing ballet so much more. 
Her school is a Christian ballet school whose mission is to bring glory to God through dance.  They do a fantastic job and I'm so glad Abby is able to be part of such a wonderful organization.
 Great job, girl!  You are amazing and we love you!

Abby was part of a group of 4 shephards.  Unfortunately Ellie got sick the morning of the performance.  :-(  Here is Ellie next to Abby.  Elyse and Ainsly along with Abby made it to their performance.  The shephards were elated to find out that their group danced with the adorable little sheep (the littlest ballerinas and obviously the cutest). 
Abby's song was so very beautiful and my favorite.

Abby taking pre-rehearsal pictures in our garden.  The grass needs some TLC...

My beautiful and kind loving girl.

And yes, the gorgeous hydrangeas in the background sure do make for a stunning photograph.  I love hydrangeas.

Abby has a love/hate relationship with her make-up. She hates having her eyes done but she does love lipgloss.  :-)

Abby also loves her costumes.  She was very excited that now she has enough for all the cousins and sisters to dress up at the same time.  She has 3 recital costumes and then Isabelle and Hannah have two costumes they can wear.  All girls are covered!  Next year we'll get two more, since Isabelle has been adoring her big sister for years and is counting the days to start ballet.  It'll be amazing to see the both of them together.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

More Birthday Fun

It is birthday time in our house!  This particular day we celebrated the two youngest girls.  We put our usual garlands up and decorated the house for the girls to find in the morning.

Birthday Cereal
According to David's family tradition, each kid gets to pick their birthday cereal, no matter how sugary, and they get to eat it on their birthday, to share with all the other siblings.  Isabelle chose Lucky Charms.

The new sand.
Oma had gifted Hannah a sandbox for Christmas and grandma gifted Hannah the sand to go in it.  So we took the box outside, found some room for it and the girls LOVED it!  So did the bigger girls.  :-)

Abby is just so great about playing with her younger siblings.

The man recording it all.

Grandma enjoying the outdoors

Hanny also scored a baby swing.  Uncle Chris giving her a ride in it.  She literally sat in it for hours, even when no one was swinging her.  She just loved it.

Hannah, taking her swinging very seriously.

I asked Isabelle what kind of a cake she'd want for her birthday.  We browsed Pinterest and I was going to limit the selection when she picked the most simplest of cakes EVER!  Yeah!  All I had to get was the blue sugar rock candy.  We already had Elsa, so this was easy, peasy.  She loved it.

Isabelle had literally been waiting for months.  Since November she had been asking me weekly when it was going to be her birthday.  Weekly.  Two nights before, she couldn't handle it anymore and got really cranky.  
The day of her birthday was torture for her to wait until everyone was there.  Thankfully my mom is on German time and she got to hear a bunch of German's singing "Happy birthday" off key.  She also got to unwrap her Bird Bingo, Primary Science Lab, Ariel Magiclip Princess and a pattern book from Oma.  
Hanny got her outdoor baby swing which was a hit.
The girls spent the rest of the day doing science and playing bird bingo.  Isabelle held on tight to her new princess.
After much waiting, Olive and Rosie finally showed up and that was by far the best part of the day.  They played outside and had a blast together.  They made a clubhouse in the hydrangeas, being led by the fearless Abigail who handled all the cutting away of my beloved flowers.  :-(  This is why you check on your kids and don't assume they were talking about the wild roses by the shed.
For dinner Isabelle got to pick what she wanted and she decided on drumsticks, corn and mashed potatoes.  Dave was quiet happy about that.
On Isabelle's wishlist: stufties and she wanted people to pick which ones (Olive and Rosie got her a Zebra - Zoe and a Tiger - Tundra), a barking and moving dog from Grandma along with candy and matching tutu dresses for Isabelle and Hanny, Berenstein Bear books from Mom & Dad along with an antfarm with book, Berenstein Bears phonic set, Jim Weiss CDs (Shakespeare and Arabian Nights), A Mercer Meyer book, a bird toy from Uncle Mike, roller skates from Grampy, a matching fabric doll from Abby (a set for Hannah and Isabelle) and her favorite Magiclip princess Aurora from Nathan.
Hanny scored as well, getting sand from Grandma along with candy and a book and a puzzle, little puppies from Nathan (Calico Critter babies), fuzzy animals from Uncle Mike, sandbox toys from uncle Chris, CD 1 and 2 from Hannah's favorite music from Mom and Dad (Hidden in my Heart by Jay Stoker), a Tag Junior with 5 books, a little girl piano from Grampy and Playdoh from Auntie Megan and Uncle Rusty.
In addition, the kids were gifted by the Matsons and Staffords.  So many presents for such little ones.  But most of all, so much love for such lovely little ladies.

Birthday Fun

For Isabelle and Hannah we had a combined birthday party this month.  It's been a rough month, we were in the middle of baseball season, so for this year, that is just what we did.  I love how easy-going birthdays are this time of year as long as it isn't raining.  We just open the back door, and there go all the kids, including dog.  They all have a blast and barely stop to eat.

Isabelle on the swing, Olive, Rosie on the swing, Hannah, the dog, Abby

Best present of the day - empty cardboard roll from the wrapping paper.   :-)

Abby, Isabelle being pushed by Olive, Rosie and Hannah

Apparently leaning over everything is twice the fun.

It may look weird to us but she is having fun.

That is the extend of Hannah's swinging right now.

The girls actually cut some cutters and made themselves a clubhouse in between my two huge hydrangeas, right next to the shed.  They thought it was pretty awesome and cut away. 
I love how they are bonding so well, Abby and Olive and then Rosie and Isabelle.  where will Hannah fit in?  Maybe we'll get another little cousin....  :-)